York-Adams League teams made an impressive gold-medal haul in the District 3 basketball championships the past two seasons.
Two years ago, four teams, York High's boys, Hanover's boys, Red Lion's girls and York Catholic's girls won titles in their respective classes.
Last year, the Red Lion and York Catholic girls repeated as champions, and the Delone Catholic boys captured their first district crown in 27 years.
Seven district champions, out of a possible 16, from one league is quite an accomplishment.
The 2013 tournament brings new opportunities for York-Adams teams. How many of them will be declared district champion remains to be seen, although just two enter as favorites based on being No. 1 seeds.
York Catholic has made winning a district crown an annual habit. The Fighting Irish have captured a record seven straight AA titles, and they're the pick to make it eight this year. Delone Catholic has the potential to knock off York Catholic (the teams went into overtime in their second meeting this year). Oley Valley, the Class AAA champion two years ago, is the No. 3 AA seed.
Dover's girls are in an extremely challenging bracket that includes York-Adams champion Dallastown, Berks champion Wilson, Mid Penn powers Cumberland Valley and Central Dauphin, Lancaster-Lebanon power Lampeter-Strasburg, and, of course, two-time champion Red Lion.
Dallastown, coming off its tremendous showing in the York-Adams Tournament, may have the momentum to make a deep run in the district bracket. The Wildcats, though, will have to travel to Manheim Township for their first game.
York Catholic's bid for another district championship, and Dover's, Red Lion's and Dallastown's quest in Class AAA girls are two of the storylines to follow this year.
Here are some other ones:
York High's quest to win yet another district title while playing this
West York's girls will attempt to bounce back from their loss to Dallastown in the York-Adams final. The Bulldogs, the No. 2-seeded team in Class AAA, take on York-Adams rival Kennard-Dale in their first district game.
Eastern York and Susquehannock are also in the AAA draw. The Golden Knights are in the top half of the draw with unbeaten Palmyra, the No. 1-seed at 24-0.
Northeastern, Eastern and Bermudian Springs will attempt to take out higher-seeded teams in Class
The Delone Catholic, York Catholic and Hanover boys will seek to put some victories together in AA where Trinity is picked to win it all.
Can anyone stop the Shamrocks? Probably not, but the York-Adams teams will give it their best shots.
New Hope Academy will be looking to make a statement again this year in Class A boys' action.
The York City team advanced all the way to the championship game last year before bowing to Greenwood. Greenwood's seeded No. 1 this season followed by Lebanon Catholic and New Hope.
Dick Vanolinda covers high school sports for The York Dispatch. He can be reached at email@example.com or 505-5407.